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John Maday, left, and Tom Russell sweep for winning skip Colin Hunko in the C final of the annual Broughton Curling Club men's open bonspiel Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

Another A to ‘Z’ bonspiel finish

PORT McNEILL—Zealand rink leads Port Hardy sweep of finals in annual Broughton Curling Club men's open

John Maday, left, and Tom Russell sweep for winning skip Colin Hunko in the C final of the annual Broughton Curling Club men's open bonspiel Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.
Outgoing Mayor Gerry Furney, seated, chats with incoming Mayor Shirley Ackland, centre, and North Vancouver Island MLA Claire Trevena following the investiture of the new council in Port McNeill Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Looking on at left is incoming councillor Shelley Downey.

Port McNeill swears in new mayor, council

PORT McNEILL—Outgoing Mayor Gerry Furney honoured in investiture ceremony after 46 years in elected office.

Outgoing Mayor Gerry Furney, seated, chats with incoming Mayor Shirley Ackland, centre, and North Vancouver Island MLA Claire Trevena following the investiture of the new council in Port McNeill Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Looking on at left is incoming councillor Shelley Downey.
Jeff Bewell presents the sportsman class runner-up trophy to Doug Day of Port McNeill during the North Island Timing Association awards dinner Saturday at Broughton Curling Club.

NITA hosts season-ending gala

The North Island Timing Association hosted its season wrap-up dinner last weekend.

Jeff Bewell presents the sportsman class runner-up trophy to Doug Day of Port McNeill during the North Island Timing Association awards dinner Saturday at Broughton Curling Club.
Outgoing Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney, left, accepts a framed copy of the minutes of the inaugural Regional District of Mount Waddington Board meeting from RDMW chair Dave Rushton during his final board meeting Nov. 18 in Port McNeill. Furney was the recording secretary at that inaugural meeting in June of 1966.

RDMW Board bids farewell to Furney

Big send-off and sombre reflection as the 2011-14 RDMW Board of Directors met for the last time Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Outgoing Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney, left, accepts a framed copy of the minutes of the inaugural Regional District of Mount Waddington Board meeting from RDMW chair Dave Rushton during his final board meeting Nov. 18 in Port McNeill. Furney was the recording secretary at that inaugural meeting in June of 1966.
Island Health officials said Port Hardy Hospital's emergency room will remain open as staff shortages are addressed through other strategies.

Port Hardy ER to remain open

PORT HARDY-Island Health says it will work to enhance primary care delivery to relieve pressure on physicians

Island Health officials said Port Hardy Hospital's emergency room will remain open as staff shortages are addressed through other strategies.
North Island Eagles bantam bantam goalie Nigel Walkus uses his blocker to steer aside a shot during the team's Vancouver Island Hockey League game against Oceanside at Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice Saturday.

Bantams rally to tie — twice

Bantams hold Oceanside with bizarre finish in Port Alice.

North Island Eagles bantam bantam goalie Nigel Walkus uses his blocker to steer aside a shot during the team's Vancouver Island Hockey League game against Oceanside at Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice Saturday.
Carol Moffatt's attempt to return to Port Hardy from Raft Cove were blocked by this slide over the road last Thursday.

Woman airlifted following flood

A local woman and her dog are home safe after being evacuated from the West Coast last weekend.

Carol Moffatt's attempt to return to Port Hardy from Raft Cove were blocked by this slide over the road last Thursday.

McNeill is in the money

Insurance dividend and Community Forest monies accepted by Port McNeill Council.

Kim Mercer, standing at right, addresses the audience during the Alert Bay all-candidates meeting at the Legion Hall Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Candidates lobby for Alert Bay council

Seven candidates stated their case for spots on the Village Council last week in an all-candidates meeting.

Kim Mercer, standing at right, addresses the audience during the Alert Bay all-candidates meeting at the Legion Hall Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Moderator Jon Lok, left, introduces school board trustee candidates (l-r) David Jack, Rod Sherrell, Lyn Skrlac and Werner Manke during last week's all-candidates meeting in Port McNeill.

Candidates strike back

School District 85 trustee candidates lay out their platforms at all-candidates.

Moderator Jon Lok, left, introduces school board trustee candidates (l-r) David Jack, Rod Sherrell, Lyn Skrlac and Werner Manke during last week's all-candidates meeting in Port McNeill.
Municipal electoral hopefuls face the audience during last week's all-candidates meeting in Port McNeill. From left: mayoral candidates Shirley Ackland and Gaby Wickstrom; council candidates Shelley Downey, Graham MacDonald, Jay Dixon, Aaron Frost, Alannah Nicol and Jason Clarke.

McNeill candidates face off

Candidates for Port McNeill mayor and councillor position faced the public at an all-candidates meeting last week.

Municipal electoral hopefuls face the audience during last week's all-candidates meeting in Port McNeill. From left: mayoral candidates Shirley Ackland and Gaby Wickstrom; council candidates Shelley Downey, Graham MacDonald, Jay Dixon, Aaron Frost, Alannah Nicol and Jason Clarke.
North Island Eagles atom forward Ethan Fuller (17) stakes out a spot in the crease as he watches a shot by teammate Kai Verbrugge tipped high in front of Comox Chiefs goalie Cohen Booth during the teams' placement-round game in Port Alice Saturday.

Atoms cruise past visiting Comox

Smooth sailing for the atoms as they cruise past Comox B 14-3 in the teams’ final placement-round game Saturday.

North Island Eagles atom forward Ethan Fuller (17) stakes out a spot in the crease as he watches a shot by teammate Kai Verbrugge tipped high in front of Comox Chiefs goalie Cohen Booth during the teams' placement-round game in Port Alice Saturday.
Tristan Mardell of the North Island Eagles, left, lifts the stick of Juan de Fuca's Keaira Hall to prevent a clearing pass during the teams' atom development game in Port McNeill Saturday.

Atoms battle back to win high-scoring game

Ethan Bono scored four goals as the Eagles pulled away for a 10-6 victory over JdF last weekend.

Tristan Mardell of the North Island Eagles, left, lifts the stick of Juan de Fuca's Keaira Hall to prevent a clearing pass during the teams' atom development game in Port McNeill Saturday.

SD85 offers new course

School District 85 Superintendent Scott Benwell shares information on a Criminology 101 dual-credit course.

North Island College Assistant Vice President Tony Bellavia, left, signs a memorandum of understanding as School District 85 Board chair Leightan Wishart looks on Monday at North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill.

SD85, NIC connect

Board chair Leightan Wishart and North Island College administrator Tony Bellavia ink an historic dual-credit MoU.

North Island College Assistant Vice President Tony Bellavia, left, signs a memorandum of understanding as School District 85 Board chair Leightan Wishart looks on Monday at North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill.
North Island Eagles atom development defenseman Cole Klughart fires a shot against Nanaimo during the teams' tiering-round game in Port Alice Saturday.

Atoms fall in see-saw battle

Eagles Atoms lose out in 8-7 battle with the Nanaimo Clippers.

North Island Eagles atom development defenseman Cole Klughart fires a shot against Nanaimo during the teams' tiering-round game in Port Alice Saturday.
North Vancouver Island MLA Claire Trevena talks with Kwakiutl Band Manager Norman Champagne during the First Nation's protest at Port Hardy Coast Guard Station Tuesday.

Kwakiutl halts ribbon-cutting

Kwakiutl protesting the Crown's failure to consult on construction of the Coast Guard's new office on a traditional village site.

North Vancouver Island MLA Claire Trevena talks with Kwakiutl Band Manager Norman Champagne during the First Nation's protest at Port Hardy Coast Guard Station Tuesday.
Alco steam locomotive 113 is pushed to its new home in a heritage park under construction near the Western Forest Products offices in Woss Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Loci lands a heritage home

The historic Alco Steam Locomotive 113 was eased into its new heritage park home last week.

Alco steam locomotive 113 is pushed to its new home in a heritage park under construction near the Western Forest Products offices in Woss Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Cole Klughart of the North Island Eagles focusses on a faceoff in the Comox Chiefs zone during their exhibition game Sunday at Chilton Regional Arena.

Atoms go nuclear in third

Eagles atoms explode in third period to race out 11-6 winners over visiting Comox Chiefs.

Cole Klughart of the North Island Eagles focusses on a faceoff in the Comox Chiefs zone during their exhibition game Sunday at Chilton Regional Arena.
North Island Eagles bantam David Charlie (16) is backed by a wall of Cowichan Valley opponents as he gathers the puck during Saturday's game in Port McNeill.

Bantams fall to last-minute strike

A late power-play goal by Cowichan Valley with 48 seconds remaining halts bantams' unbeaten placement-round schedule.

North Island Eagles bantam David Charlie (16) is backed by a wall of Cowichan Valley opponents as he gathers the puck during Saturday's game in Port McNeill.
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